All of KVPLâ€™s black tea factories are ISO 22000:2005 certified, and its tea plantations are accredited with Rainforest Alliance certification. Additionally, our company is committed to good agricultural practices that help protect the environment, preserve biodiversity and promote worker safety and health.
The rubber plantations too have been endorsed by Forest Stewardship Council (FSCTM) Certification and Organic rubber certifications (USDA/NOP & EU) while products of sole crepe, centrifuge latex and crepe rubber are certified with FSC chain of custody certification and Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) certification.
Food Safety Commitments
ISO 22000:2005 specifies requirements for a food safety management system where an organization in the food chain needs to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe at the time of human consumption.
HACCP certification is an international standard defining the requirements for effective control of food safety. It is built around seven principles: Conduct Hazard Analysis of biological, chemical or physical food hazards. Determine critical control points.
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is a system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. It is designed to minimize the risks involved in any production process that cannot be eliminated through testing the final product.
Environmental Commitments and Social Commitments
The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization that is working around the world to protect forests, improve the livelihoods of farmers and forest communities, promote their human rights, and help them mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. The Rainforest Alliance Certifiedâ„¢ seal is awarded to farms, forests, and businesses that meet rigorous environmental and social standards. In order to become certified, farms must meet criteria of the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard which is built on these important principles:
- Effective planning and farm management systems
- Biodiversity conservation
- Natural resource conservation
- Improved livelihoods and human well-being
Forest Stewardship Council (FSCTM)
FSC is a certification which ensures economical viable, environmentally friendly and socially beneficial management of world forests. It consists of 10 principles and criteria. Those are listed as follows.
Ten principles of FSC
- Compliance with Laws and FSC Principles
- Tenure and Use Rights and Responsibilities
- Indigenous Peoples' Rights
- Community Relations and Worker's Rights
- Benefits from the Forest
- Environmental Impact
- Management Plan
- Monitoring and Assessment
- Maintenance of High Conservation Value Forests
Organic Rubber Certification (EU, USDA-NOP)
The principle of organic agriculture is the sustainable production of food from balanced and fertile soil. The farm has to be managed according to the organic regulations without genetically modified organisms (GMO) and synthetics. During production and processing, the organic and non-organic products must be clearly separated and contamination must be prevented. To reach the organic market, the whole chain of organic production needs to be inspected. Should all requirements be fulfilled, the organic certificate can be issued and the applicable logo can be used on the certified products.
Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS)
The standard addresses criteria for natural rubber from certified organic plantations (USDA NOP or EU) that is processed at manufacturing units. To achieve GOLS certification, a product must contain more than 95% of certified organic raw material. The GOLS standard features permissible limits for harmful substances, emission test requirements and polymer and filler percentages. Rubber plantations as well as processing units up to the final retailer are certified according to the standard. By using transaction certificates at every sale of a product in the supply chain, traceability from the plantation to the final retailer is ensured.